Glenbard Parent Series to present two webinars on bringing out best in students

  • Phyllis Fagell

    Phyllis Fagell

By Peg Mannion
Glenbard District 87
Updated 1/4/2021 6:00 PM

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present "Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive and Prepare for a Changing World" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, with Phyllis Fagell. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition, at noon Wednesday, Jan. 13, Fagell will present a workshop for professionals: "How to Bring Out the Best in Students Ages 9-15 in a Pandemic." Go to for the link to these webinars. Questions may be submitted to prior to the events.


When a sweet child suddenly turns into an unpredictable, moody tween or teen, adults often wonder what happened. Fagell will share strategies to help adults preserve a positive relationship with children. Using Fagell's techniques, adults can help children emerge from middle school feeling good about the experience and ready for the demands of high school and life.

School support staff and other professionals are key mentors and confidantes who help students navigate their thoughts, feelings and dilemmas.

In Fagell's workshop for professionals, she will highlight the challenges of guiding students through new academic hurdles and preparing them for an uncertain future while supporting good mental health. Learn how to approach the new virtual reality of this work to encourage and motivate students.

Fagell is a psychotherapist, school counselor, journalist and author of "Middle School Matters."

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Holiday Inn/Carol Stream, Kiwanis Clubs of District 9, and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department.

For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at (630) 942-7668 or

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